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ligate

[lahy-geyt]
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verb (used with object), li·gat·ed, li·gat·ing.
  1. to bind with or as if with a ligature; tie up (a bleeding artery or the like).

Origin of ligate

1590–1600; < Latin ligātus (past participle of ligāre to tie, bind); see -ate1
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Examples from the Web for ligate

Historical Examples

  • I know there are professors in this country who "ligate" arteries.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Medical authorities tell him to do coeliotomy at once, ligate the uterine and ovarian arteries, and remove the foetus.

  • If the bleeding cannot otherwise be arrested it may be necessary to ligate the external carotid artery.

  • If profuse hæmorrhage occurs it may be necessary to ligate the main artery lower in the neck.


British Dictionary definitions for ligate

ligate

verb
  1. (tr) to tie up or constrict (something) with a ligature
Derived Formsligation, nounligative (ˈlɪɡətɪv), adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin ligātus, from ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for ligate

v.

1590s, from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Related: Ligated; ligating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

ligate in Medicine

ligate

(līgāt′)
v.
  1. To tie or bind with a ligature.
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